Talent to Watch Program
- Project type
- Feature-length film
- Project stage
- Emerging talent, Canadian film production companies
The Talent to Watch Program supports emerging filmmakers looking to finance the production stage of their first feature film project(s).
The Talent to Watch Program has three streams:
- Industry Partner Stream: For projects that are recommended by a Designated Industry Partner.
- Festival Selection Stream: For emerging filmmakers who have directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival.
- Filmmaker Apply-Direct Stream: All Key Members of the Creative Team must be:
- People of Colour;
- Gender-diverse individuals;
- 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals;
- Persons with disabilities; and/or
- Members of an Official Language Minority Community
Who can apply
Applications may be submitted by companies or individuals who meet the eligibility criteria indicated in the Program guidelines.
Key members of the creative teams of all submitted projects must be emerging talent.
Information about the program
Please review the documents for full program and stream details, and eligibility criteria.
IT support is only available on business days until 5:00 pm EST.
IT support is only available on business days until 5:00 pm EST. Projects may be submitted only once per fiscal year. Producers whose projects can be submitted in more than one opening period must select the one that best meets the needs of their project.
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May 24, 2023
Updated Essential information guide
A new version of the Essential Information Guide is now available.
May 15, 2023
Updated version of a new document is now available
The Production Sustainability Plan Template is now available in the Templates section.
May 5, 2023
Updated version of the Standard Production Budget Template
A new version of the Standard Production Budget Template is now available.
April 27, 2023
Updated version of the List of Library and Archives Canada (“LAC”) Delivery Requirements
A new version of the List of Library and Archives Canada (“LAC”) Delivery Requirements for Feature Films is now available.
March 28, 2023
Talent to watch webinaire
This English session will take place on Tuesday March 28, 2023 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. After you have registered, you will receive a link to attend the session via Microsoft Teams.
In order to prepare for this session, we ask that you submit your questions here before March 17.
To register for the English session, click here.
Apply for funding
Please read our How to apply page for more information on the application process.
Applications must be submitted through Dialogue.
Declarations and affidavits
For all financing agreements entered on or after April 1, 2016, the latest ARRs must be applied.
For all financing agreements entered between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2016, the ARRs published in 2014 must be applied.
For all financing agreements entered before April 1, 2014, the ARRs published on January 1, 2006 must be applied.